Doc­tor’s warn­ing over rise in ‘Jolie can­cer op­er­a­tions’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

SUR­GEONS are en­cour­ag­ing women with breast can­cer to have dou­ble mas­tec­tomies that do lit­tle or noth­ing to im­prove sur­vival chances, a lead­ing doc­tor in the UK has warned.

Dr Fiona MacNeill, a sur­geon at Lon­don’s Royal Mars­den Hos­pi­tal, said medics were ‘‘driv­ing the re­moval’’ of the sec­ond — healthy — breast some­times just to give pa­tients ‘‘peace of mind’’.

The warn­ing comes af­ter a US study showed the opin­ion of a pa­tient’s sur­geon has a strong ef­fect on whether she has a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer in a sin­gle breast. Dr MacNeill said pre­vi­ous re­search has shown that, for women di­ag­nosed with can­cer in one breast, a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy ‘‘does not sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce risk or im­prove sur­vival’’. The num­ber of dou­ble mas­tec­tomies car­ried out in Britain has surged since ac­tress An­gelina Jolie had the pro­ce­dure in 2013. Health fig­ures show a leap from 234 in 2010 to 484 in 2016.

Jolie (inset) had the op­er­a­tion to stop can­cer de­vel­op­ing.

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